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    May 16, 2013
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>> a suicide bomb attacks and nato convoy in kabul. six are killed, dozens injured. hello. , cyclone on al jazeera mahasen tracks the coast of bangladesh. thousands of people try to get out of harms way -- harm cost way.- harm's >> police raid a factory in nigeria where there were plans to sell newborns for $600 each. and fighting for survival --
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wrestling works to keep the sport at the olympic games. first, we begin with syria, where the united nations has just released new figures that show that the number of refugees from the syrian conflict has reached a record high. more than 90,000 people are thought to have died in the more than two-year conflict. 1.5 million people have fled the country and are living as refugees. in the same number are internally displaced, not able to return to their homes because of the fighting. our correspondent hashem ahelbarra joins us now. conflict continues. the number of refugees continues to rise, doesn't it? >> it does not show any signs of abating. it is likely to further flareup in the future, causing more
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humanitarian catastrophe. this is a major concern for the neighboring countries, like turkey. turkey, for example, has more than 200,000 refugees. they say the number of syrian refugees in turkey is almost 400,000. they are expecting that number to go to one million by the end of 2013. they are very worried. -- was backlash. some of the local population went attacking syrians, which led some of the refugees to say they would like to go back home to cut they no longer feel safe and secure inside turkey. the other problem for the turkish government is that violence in syria is expanding in a way that is really beyond the humanitarian capacity for a country like turkey. they have 18 refugee camps.
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they are building six extra camps. that theal feeling is camps are one of the best in the world, but turkey is saying that i cannot cope with the crisis anymore in the future. this is one of the issues that prime minister erdogan is going to discuss with u.s. president obama today. we need to see some sort of international intervention to put in end to the crisis in syria. otherwise, -- >> there is pressure on all the countries expecting these refugees. what kind of conditions are the refugees themselves facing? >> could you say that again? sorry, i could not hear you. >> with the pressure on the turkish people and all the surrounding countries accepting refugees, what kind of conditions are the refugees themselves facing in these countries, these camps?
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>> things will dramatically change from now onwards. as far as the turkish government is concerned, they have a policy. the top priority for them is the elderly and the injured. they are getting immediate access into turkey. the others have to wait until turkey builds new refugee camps. this is creating further strains and problems for thousands of internally displaced syrians who live on the border area. .hey live in makeshift camps the situation gets really worst in -- really worse during summertime and wintertime. these people could become refugees inside turkey in the near future, especially with the recent developments on the ground and the reports that the syrian army is trying to push back and start a new offensive towards the northern parts of the country. this leaves the turkish government with really very few options. they need to accelerate and build new refugee camps and get
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themselves ready for a new eventuality, which is this is going to be a very, very long conflict. >> our correspondent hashem ahelbarra. thank you. , in istanbul, a suicide bomber has killed at least six civilians and wounded are the five people. -- in kabul, a suicide bomber has killed at least six civilians and wanted 30 -- wounded 35 people. say a suicides car bomb targeting and nato a nato convoy detonated. afghan officials tell us that six afghan civilians were killed and more than 35 were injured. they are in hospitals across the city. has be islami -- has he islami -- hezb-e-islami has claimed
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responsibility. theytell al jazeera that are planning to carry out more attacks on nato forces him as well as any afghans who support them. isaf has made no comment as to casualties so far. but the afghan police chief says the two isaf vehicles in the convoy were very badly damaged. -- iniraq, a car bomb in baghdad has killed six people and wounded 33. two car bombs exploded in a shia neighborhood. there are reports that at least one child is among the dead. hundreds ofd thousands of people to flee their homes and is threatening the lives of millions. expected tosen is cause widespread flooding and destruction.
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65 people have reportedly been killed. carolyn maloney has the latest. >> threatening storm surges of more than one meter, winds gusting up to 100 kilometers per hour. structures might not be strong enough to withstand the force of the cyclone. and there are likely to be floods. most of bangladesh is only just above sea level. >> the immediate priority is to get people away from the risky areas along the coastline and away from low-lying areas as soon as possible. -- there haveeen been warnings to leave the area. the meteorology department describes the storm as threat level seven on a scale of 10. the area has a population of about 3 million, which means many are still vulnerable. >> many people came to the rescue centers last night. however on
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their belongings. no one really knows what to expect or how massive the cyclone will be and we are extremely scared. everyone is afraid and praying that all goes well. >> some people got the mainland just in time. family have come here from the island because a storm is hereg -- >> we have come from the island because the storm is coming. >> we have come here for shelter. 1000ngladesh has about cyclone-proof buildings. people are cramming into these buildings to keep safe and dry. as the storm gathers the mother is the worry about what what kind of distraction it will stormand -- as the gathers, there is the worry about what kind of destruction it will bring. live inohingya muslims squalid conditions after fleeing from their homes because of violence in rakhine state. tornadoes in the u.s. state of
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texas have killed at least six people and injured 100 others. the death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams look for more people trapped in the rubble. >> for many people living in this stretch of texas, tornadoes have been the stuff of nightmares. >> i've never been through a tornado before in my life. it's the scared this -- scaredest i have ever been. i have nightmares about them. >> at least three twisters struck north texas on wednesday night. they uprooted trees and destroyed homes in several towns. many people lost everything they had. >> there is nothing left. our neighborhood is gone. it's just gone. but we made it. but there are people missing still. there's a lot of hurt people out there still. >> they are all levels.
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from one to 10, it's about a 10. --hindered by darkest darkness, rescuers searched through the predefined the more than 10 people who are still missing -- through the rubble to find the more than 10 people who are still missing. >> what was it like when it hit? >> hell. it was like hell. >> powerful tornadoes often hit this part of the united states. warm, humid winds collide with hot, dry winds causing a twisting motion in the lower atmosphere. daylight started to show the full extent of the damage across the state. but at least the weather is now cooperating for the cleanup. anyustralia could send asylum-seekers who arrive in the country by boat to detention centers elsewhere. until now, people who have
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reached the mainland could not .e sent to processing centers the australian parliament has changed the rules so it does not have to abide by the un's refugee convention. >> there will be an election here in september. how to stop the boats is a hot issue. the number of asylum seekers coming here is at record levels. 1000 people arrived on them in the first week of may alone. the government is getting tough. that may mean for asylum- seekers australia is not australia anymore. asylum-seekers who arrive by boat can be transferred to another country for their refugee applications to be considered. if found to be genuine, it is up to that country to find some way to resettle them. -- somewhere to resettle them, and that probably won't be australia. two boats in the last few weeks have reached the australian mainland.
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those on board have -- the incentive to go for the longer boat tourney has been taken away. been takenrney has away. cruel andthis a hysterical response to a humanitarian problem, something no other country has done. the irony is that was the same view the labour party had in 2006. then, labour said such a move would be a stain on the national character. >> in south africa, they are preparing for a protest over plans to send them back to angola. the south african government -- >> he wants a normal childhood for his twin daughters, something he never had growing up.
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his parents escaped to the democratic republic of congo. he went back to be a teacher, but fled to south africa during the civil war. the civil war ended in 2002, but he says it is still not safe for his family to go back to angola. one reason why he does not want us to use his real name -- >> there is no freedom of expression. you cannot protest, you cannot do a march freely. you will be silenced to death. how do you expect me and my family to go to a country like that? >> the south african government disagrees, classifying angola as a democratic country. its economy is recovering, largely thanks to oil, and there is apparent political stability. they want people to volunteer to go back home, promising to assist where they can. but those who live in south africa are not convinced. aret is not very clear what
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the peace leaders that will be in place. it is not clearly communicated to the people affected -- how their lives will be affected. the unitedg to nations refugee agency, south africa received more applications for asylum than any other country. many of them in the densely- populated area of johannesburg. some are here illegally. every month, thousands are deported. angolans can apply for an exemption, but there is no guarantee they are going to get it. the competition between locals and foreigners is getting tougher. many say they would rather take their chances here then go back to uncertainty in their own than go back to uncertainty in their own country. googlel ahead -- is cheating british taxpayers out of millions of dollars?
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relying on the kindness of strangers -- food banks helping families as austerity bites in portugal. good to have you with us. these are our main stories. the number of refugees from the syrian conflict has now reached 1.5 million people did more than 90,000 are thought to have 1.5 millionmore -- people. more than 90,000 are thought to have died in the conflict. bomber targeted two vehicles carrying foreign forces in the east of kabul. are seeking people shelter from cyclone mahasen as it batters bangladesh. there are reports that at least five people have been killed. police in nigeria say they rescued 23 pregnant girls from a home where child traffickers were planning to sell their babies- onhe run.
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we were given access to the home and we have this report. >> this video shows the moment nigerian police officers rescued 23 pregnant girls and four babies, baby factory -- and four babies from a baby factory last friday. they are now being looked after in a care home run by the state. one of the girls was a 19-year- old. she was lowered into the factory by a lady who said she owned the home for pregnant -- she was lured into the factory by a lady who said she owned a home for pregnant girls. when she got there, she tried to buy her baby. >> i was scared. it is shameful to go home like this. [inaudible]
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held against her will in the factory. >> some try keeping [inaudible] i was among the ones who tried to escape, but there was no way. >> this is where the pregnant girls were kept. as a friendng used so that people would not become suspicious about what was going on here -- as a front so that people would not become suspicious about what was going on here. a 23-year-old man and an elderly security guard were found living in the compound with the girls. they are believed to have impregnated the girls several times over. they are both in police custody. 10 minutes away, the factory .wner owns this hospital the prison guards -- girls were brought here to deliver their babies. some of them died during childbirth.
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this is the first time a baby factory has been discovered in this state. the state governor puts the bust down to tough, new adoption laws. adoption must have the consent of the governor. [inaudible] is grateful to the police officers who rescued her. >> i feel very happy. i'm very happy. if not for them, i don't know what would have happened. nigeria.eera, >> the head of the russian arm banks of france's biggest has been charged with taking bribes. another executive has also been charged with helping him get a $1.5 million kickback.
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has been, google giving evidence to a parliamentary committee about the small amount the company has paid in taxes. it is the second time google executives have been called to answer questions. 's auditor, ernst & young, is also appearing. in five years, google made billions and played -- paid just $16 million in tax. last year, amazon raked in about $6.5 billion and paid less .han 1% tax, about $3.7 million since 1998, starbucks has made $4.7 billion in sales and paid just $12 million. a financial expert says many companies are well within their rights to pay this tax. >> it is based on the rules that
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government corporations -- you work out the taxable profit, then pay the corporation tax on that. in 2015 in the uk, it is 20%. with ireland, where google is based, there is a corporate tax of 25%. it depends on the taxable profit. there is a lack of understanding, especially by politicians, how you pay tax or what you pay tax on. grown ats economy has its quickest pace in the year thanks to rising exports and private consumption. the gdp was 3.5% compared to the roseperiod last year. -- 3.5% compared to the same period last year. it is a different story in portugal, where the economy has been shrinking for three straight years.
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the country has undergone a painful period of austerity to try to reduce its debt. and the hayward reports -- emma hayward reports. >> they are the most basic foods -- all part of a parcel going to the needy in lisbon. when this food bank opened six years ago, it was primarily for the homeless. now it mostly helps families and has a waiting list of 220 people. behind every box is a family in need. and family of six -- a family of six. the oldest person to receive help is 89, the youngest, just 17 months old. portugal is in its third year of recession. the crisis has driven unemployment up to record levels. some here now rely on the kindness of strangers in a way they never had to before. >> we always help needy families
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middle-class families where both partners are unemployed and need help. >> two years ago, portugal received a bailout package from the eu and imf worth more than $100 billion to but in return, there have been big spending .uts -- $100 billion but in return, there have been big spending cuts. i feel i have already lost the best years of my working life. the chance to do a career in what i would like to do, which is teaching. i would love to learn more -- earn more in another country. >> supporters of austerity say it is the right call for -- course for portugal to take. >> look what happened in may or june of 2011 if we did not have the bailout. we would not have any money to
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pay foci healthcare, for a lot of the government functions that we have. and i think that we would be in a much, much worse shape. >> but some portuguese are still to be convinced that the pain they are enduring because of austerity will secure a better future. unitedntists in the states has made a breakthrough in cloning human skin cells. as could lead to better treatment of many diseases, -- this could lead to better treatment of many diseases, including parkinson's and heart problems, but it also raises ethical questions. >> the technique is not new. the results are. microscopic genetic material was taken from an adult cell, then inserted into an egg whose own dna had been stripped out. at stemates human prion cells which are capable of becoming any of the more than -- ,uman embryonic stem cells
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which are capable of becoming any of the more than 200 types of cells. they could help cure heart disease or even parkinson's. >> most patients don't have the ability to regenerate this tissue if it has been damaged by disease. fortunately, we have a technique where we could take any other cell, in this case a skin cell, and turn them into it early -- into early embryonic. they can reproduce the cells that the patient needs. >> scientists have been trying to create human stem cells. one korean scientist success in 2005. it was one of the most notorious cases of scientific fraud in the last 10 years. another team managed to clone monkeys with this technique in 2007, a significant step. research has raised ethical
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concerns. >> it literally opens the door to in vitro fertilization labs usign the -- using these principles to make clones for people that might want to have a clone. -- usesechnique is adult skin cells, inserting it into a human egg stripped of its existing dna. they are stimulated by electric pulses. that starts them dividing. scientists say the results are hugely significant, a major step forward in the field and in the fight against some terrible diseases. >> the u.s., russia, and iran are wrestling with the international olympic community to try to save the sport. wrestling could be eliminated from the games in 2020. there was apefor most enthusiac
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supporters, iran would almost certainly win the gold medal. >> iranians have always had our support. our throat -- heart goes out to them every time we see them. >> they are cheering for their champion wrestling team. one of three countries competing in the event in new york's iconic grand central station. it's an unlikely trio -- iran, the united states, and russia -- not exactly known for their cooperation or camaraderie. >> what happens if we are not here? we are here for the team. , healthyappy atmosphere. >> iranian fans were not disappointed. the nation won six of their seven matches against the host nation in a dominant display on the mats. they do not want the sport to be
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.art of the 2020 games the committee believes wrestling does not appeal to a broad enough audience. wrestling officials are considering changes, like simplifying the rules and adding more women's events. it's one of eight sports competing for just one slot at the games. the final decision will be announced in september. >> it was one of the first sports to be in the olympics. it would be an absolute shame. and washington, rarely see eye to eye on the political stage, but they have been working together. >> it is perfect. wrestling brings together world's from other sides of the globe. it is incredible. toin a dedicated attempt save an olympic sport from oblivious. -- oblivion.
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